Hard work pays off with 10 medals
The head coach of the Solomon Islands young tennis team to represent Solomon Islands in the West Pacific Tennis Championship, Johnson Taliki is impressed with the performance of his team after they won 10 medals.
He said, the top performance by the players was due to the hard work and commitment they gave during their preparations back here at home prior to the competition.
Taliki however said this is not over for his side, as most of the medal winning players will return for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pacific Oceania Junior Championship (POJC).
It was revealed that the top three winners of each age category will be selected to team up with the West Pacific Team for the POJC.
The team won four gold medals at the West Pacific Regional Championship in Lautoka, Fiji last week.
Junior Benjamin and Graham Mani won the first gold in the double under 16 boys while the other three were won by Zorika Morgan and Prudence Bird in the under 12 doubles, Junior Benjamin in the under 16 singles and Zorika Morgan in the under 12 singles.
They also won four silver medals and two bronze medals.
Four silver medals were collected by Vinda Teally and Georgina Row in the under16 girls double, Jack Samani and Joel Riju in the under 12 doubles, Graham Mani in under 16 single and Vinda in the under 16 girls single.
The two bronze were won by Prudence and Georgina in under 12 and under 16 singles.
Fifteen young tennis players competed in the championship.
Meanwhile Taliki is yet to reveal which of the players will return for the Pacific Oceania Junior Championship.
This will be announced after confirmation from the Oceania Tennis Federation (OTF).
By CARLOS ARUAFU